Today the word is …. joy.
I sat here, for way more than five minutes, trying to think of what to write. Joy. To be honest, most days I think I have joy. Then there are days, I just go through my daily routine and I am not sure if I have felt much of anything but exhaustion 🙂 But yesterday brought me joy. No doubt, hands down.
I have now been watching granddaughters, while their parents work, for the last six years of my life. Full time. Every day.
If I were to be honest, if I let my mind go and think about it through, I would probably exhaust myself. And feel overwhelmed.
With wrong and selfish thoughts. Thoughts that would center around me. I might even be tempted to give myself the proverbial pat on the back for being “so giving”.
But yesterday I sat on the floor, playing Legos with Jocelyn, now 21 months old. Those Legos which have been strewn around my family room floor, been stepped on and made a mess everywhere. I took one little Lego monkey, made it jump into her snack bowl, making the sound of hungrily eating her snack and ….. JOY!
Jocelyn laughed so hard, so long, so loud. She literally was buckled over laughing, unable to hold herself up. For the longest time.
And the sound of her laughter, filled my heart with such joy, my eyes were squirting joy.
Yeah, the joy brought me tears.
Tears to realize, we can never sacrifice and do what is pleasing to God, by which He does not give us joy in return. So plain and simple.
“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21, NLT)
And sometimes, it takes a Lego to make us see the joy which is right before us.